As you may know, the State of the Badger pilot project was launched by Badger Trust earlier this year, and a pilot study is already underway in two regions of England. This morning, we received an invitation to participate in the pilot project and add Hampshire into the mix. We've gladly accepted.
The project involves training citizen science volunteers to conduct surveys for badger setts and signs of badger activity across randomly selected 1km2 survey plots. You don't have to be a member of North East Hampshire Badger Group, although we'd love you to become one!
Volunteers will be asked to attend, or watch, a virtual training session, followed by a practical workshop in the field to familiarise themselves with badger signs, types of sett and different habitat features. Volunteers will be provided with a virtual survey pack containing all the necessary information, and will be allocated a square in Hampshire, as close to their home as possible, to survey either in November 2023, or between February and April 2024. The plan is to complete 50 Hampshire survey transects between us. You can do one or as many as you like!
If you'd like to get involved in this project and find out more, please sign-up at the bottom of the State of the Badger page on the Badger Trust website here. You can also read more about the aims of the project using the same link. When you register your details, please click on "North East Hampshire Badger Group" in the drop-down menu so the team at Badger Trust can see you want to be part of the Hampshire pilot.
Thank you! Brock on!